Escape to Hermanus at Birkenhead House

As winter approaches in the Southern Hemisphere, the water off the coast of Hermanus, come alive with the annual arrival of the majestic southern right whales. These gentle giants migrate from the icy waters of Antarctica to the warmer waters of the South African coast to mate, calve, and raise their young. From the comfort of your room at Birkenhead House, you can take in the breath-taking views of the bay and watch as these magnificent creatures breach and play in the waters below.

 Enjoy the barefoot luxury of this contemporary summer home with sparkling infinity pools and a private cliff walkway down to the pristine beach. Marine cruises bring you up close with nesting whales and dolphins in season and further ahead are South Africa’s finest Pinot Noir growing estates and prime golfing. Located just 90 minutes scenic drive from Cape Town.

Luxury guest suites, fresh sea air and genuine smiles, the perfect antidote to the winter blues. Discover your own seaside retreat- a place where memories are made, and troubles drift away in the ocean currents.

Aside from being one of the whale watching destinations on the planet, Hermanus is renowned for its wild beauty, artisanal food producers, pecan safaris and its proximity to the renowned Hemel-eb-Aarde wine route.

Savour dishes inspired by the flavourful ingredients from the local shoreline while surrounded by glistening waters and the people who matter most. Guest love joining the chefs on Mussel picking excursions along the rocks below Birkenhead House. Learn how to safely pick these delicious marine treats before the chefs provide a “Master Class” on how to cook them on an open fire incorporating other fresh ingredients.  Enjoy your steaming hot mussels with freshly baked bread and a glass of your favourite white wine as your recount stories of the day’s adventures. Guests can also go foraging for edible Fynbos species along the coastal shoreline. Nothing brings guests friends and family together like a South African braai. Every Saturday guests at Birkenhead House can look forward to an evening feast that celebrates the local heritage. From fresh seafood and tender meats to a variety of vegetarian and vegan alternative.

Make the most of the Hermanus’ much-loved coastal trails and enjoy the simple pleasure of eating outdoors on a picnic outing, hike or bike your way along a mountain trail, or bring you’re a-game to one of the beautiful golf courses between the sandy shore and the fynbos mountains.

After a busy day of activities, you can come back and enjoy the sea- inspired wellness. Let the healing power of the ocean wash away stress and unwind in style with a range of therapies and pampering treatments at the Birkenhead Spa.

Enjoy complete seclusion and uninterrupted quality time. Dedicated, discreet service and the chance to determine your own schedule for meals and activities make a stay in a Birkenhead House Private Residences the complete seaside experience.